#RealMomTravels Spring Break Rainy Day Ideas on Fox 29

Hey all!  

Back from a fast trip to Cape May where I got to spend sometime with my favorite tv mom in my favorite mom getaway place!  We went to Cape May and Congress Hall.  

I went down on Sunday because the thought of driving to Cape May from Philly at 4am wasn't gonna cut it.  Not to mention - I don't need a big excuse to get out of town and head to my happy place!

Congress Hall and Cape Resorts Group has fantastic things to do with families for the holidays of course - but what about you who are stuck at home and we're getting rain? 

Got some GREAT ideas for you to do with the kids!

BRICKLOOT 

We love this brand for many reasons.  I'm obsessed with the subscription services.  Totally. lol But this was one that came across my review desk and I've loved it since meeting it!  My brick loving almost 7 year old loves it too.  Get a monthly subscription delivered to your door from Brickloot!

THE STORYBOOK GAME

The Storybook Game from Ideal® is sure to be a hit at family game night! It’s a card game of tall-tale telling fun! In this memory game, children create a different story each time they play. The story develops one card at a time! This game is excellent for challenging kids’ creativity and improvisation skills! This fun card game comes in a lunch box tin, making it easy to transport to picnics, family game nights, camping trips, and more! Designed for 2 or more players, ages 4 and up!

SCAVENGER HUNT FOR KIDS

Scaventure Kids™ brings the fun of exploring into one great big party game. Find out who can come back to home base with the most activities completed. Find a fossil rock, or a sticker or a banana. Scaventure Kids has it all, whether playing with just 2 kids or in a large group. The fun and excitement never ends and the creativity will always be rolling. This is a great game for kids ages 7 and up and is designed to be played with 2 or more players.

3D SIDEWALK CHALK & YARN STORMING MACHINE

Make your own fun & colorful sidewalk chalk!  Yes, this is for FUN indoors... but you gotta MAKE the chalk inside, right?  The Airbrush T-shirt maker didn't make it into this segment - but it is awesome!  The Yarn Storming Maching is seriously a throwback for me!  I loved making those as a kid and Thames and Kosmos does a great job bringing it back around!

LITTLE LIVE PETS OWL & BABY BIRD

These are the new birds on the block with Little Live Pets!  I love the 'mom and baby bird feeding!  And yes, Alicia Silverstone did that with her kid.  Sorry - I HAD to bring that up! lol But the owl mama & baby are amazingly fun for kids of all ages.

PLAYTAPE

This is the product that I wish I would have thought of myself!  Playtape by InRoad Toys is the perfect on the go/rainy day product out there!  Just rip off some tape, put it whereever and let your kids go to town!  Literally!

SKECHERS GAME KICKS

These are the HOTTEST shoes on the block!  The day that we got these in to test out the neighbor kids were sooo jealous!  The Game Kicks are the new interactive kids shoe by Skechers that doubles as an electronic memory game!  With over 68,000 combinations - your kids are SURE to have their brains full!  They come in both boy and girl

 



#HonestFeeding with Honest Company

When Hudson was born 2 years ago one of the things that I wanted to do BETTER the 2nd time around was be more informed on my buying choices.  With Boston, I see now where the issues are developing from me not taking control of his eating situation. Or any situation where I am an educated consumer and fed him the RIGHT choices. 

It's tough.  You want your kids and family to BE healthy.  You want to know that you're doing the very best you possibly can to MAKE THEM EAT HEALTHY.  And then you find out that there is crap in your kids food that they use to make motor oil and you freak. 

At least I did.  

I got more interested in what I was feeding my kids and realized there was nothing on the market that is a non GMO baby food.  Yeah, yeah. I get it 'breast is best'.  But you are free to search my site and you'll see that my breast are crap.  My babies would have never survived if I did that. 

And frankly, I was medicated for PPD so they didn't want or would I allow them to have what I was having.  And I'm 100% ok with that!  I love my babies.  I'd do anything for them and that includes keeping my mind in good order to enjoy the moments with them along the way. 

Whoa. I'm getting WAY too deep with you about my motherhood policies, I guess.  But what mother wouldn't want their kids to get their very best in life?  Jessica Alba sure did.  I'd go on a limb to say that's why she teamed up with Honest Company. Co-founded more like it.  She found her daughter eating her DIAPER and couldn't figure out what the ingredients were and if they were toxic. 

So awesome that a woman like her had the resources and opportunity to MAKE A CHANGE in our household like millions of others.  We're officially obsessed and proud spenders at Honest.com.  Yes, I am teamed up with Honest Company to share their new NON TOXIC - NON GMO feeding lines - but it's a no brainer for me to share when we live the HONEST life. 

So yes!  Thats the fun of Honest lately!  They have a gorgeous feeding line out that is changing the way parents are feeding their children.  The only bummer is that I only wish they had this when my son was a baby because I couldn't find any non GMO formula!  Thankfully you have that option if you're a new mom. 

The #HonestFeeding has many products to make baby dining easier.  From Lactation Plus to Nursing Pillows and ORGANIC FORMULA.  Honest will offer options for moms who choose to breastfeed, formula feed or both!

What is your favorite product from the Honest Company? ME?  I LOVE their fruit and veggie wash. MMMMmmm!

 

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Mom Confessions: Just Between Friends #JBFPhilly

Knock Knock... you there?

Hi.  I'm Joey Fortman.  Mom to two boys; Hudson & Boston.  I have a dog Rocky and my husband is a sports nut who runs a sports radio station in Philly. Go figure.  And no, I'm not a sports fan.  I am the loudest one on the sidelines at my sons soccer games but don't tell anyone. 

So, I use to have this 'blog' where I'd go and share my deep dark secrets & struggles as a new mom in a new world of the unknown.  Fast forward to today.  In 2015.  And I'm about as far from that 'real mom' as I've ever been!  Blogging has changed over the years and as opportunities come by I take them which leaves this blog and the very creative side of the business taking a nap.  Cause unfortunately, when the job becomes a job, it's no longer a hobby, right?

Fortunately over the years one thing is consistent - my relationship with Just Between Friends in Philadelphia!   The national Just Between Friends sale has been around for a few years and was founded by a mom in Oklahoma who wanted a way to save money!  She went out and created franchise locations across the country and for the 4th year in a row I'm working with #JBFPhilly. 

Apart of this experience - I was able to grow a little personally. I needed to bring in someone who new how to do the entire process of purging and teach myself & JBF team members the value of compassion for sure!  Although most of us are moms and although I though I was ok with being done having more babies, this was a major eye opener for sure!  Darla DeMorrow from Heartwork Organizing has been a friend of mine for years.  I've always known she was a fab organizer but until I really got to experience her expertise - I had no idea how fab she really is!  

The little tidbits that Darla shared with me as she drained my junk drawers & help me find the bottom of my closets I'll take with me for the rest of my life, I think.  Honestly, that poor woman heard more from me in those few days of purging & putting items on hangers that I'm sure she won't forget what a crazy mom I am! ha.  Yeah, so I do happen to organize my kids LEGO's.  Honestly, I don't do it for the organization.  I do it for my own sanity!! Darla said 'don't organize your kids LEGO's'.  And I do.  But it's therapeutic for me!  It really is!  But I was shocked when she told me that it was a waste of time.  

I guess I never really thought about the truth that comes with this whole process.  It's like shedding a part of me.  Now that I'm on the other side of it, I'm able to look at things more clearly and really feel the need to shed those layers that hold me back. 

OH MY GOSH?!?!  WHO KNEW that this sale would be SO PHILOSOPHICAL! lol

I've been working with #JBFPhilly for about 4 years now and I have such a love and respect for Tracy, the woman behind the Oaks & Reading sales.  She's one heck of a mom, entrepreneur, business owner and friend.  The first sale that Tracy hired me to help with bringing influencers in she got Franchise of the Year!  Over the years I've watched her rock it big time and it's been fun to be her cheerleader.  She's helping families!  

Ok, now that I UNLOADED my JBF-Baggage on you! hahaha  Although it's a good baggage.  Purging is a process.  But, tomorrow I get to spend and buy more!  Wahoo!

Tune into my favorite morning tv personality Jennaphr Frederick of Fox 29 tomorrow as she will be there from 7-10a with me.  You'll catch the story of a woman who does JBF and took her ENTIRE family on vacation with the money she made & saved!  Also, Graco is doing a buy back with JBF - get the details on their latest recall and how you can profit from it. 

Ok friends, here's the schedule, what time/date are you coming?

CLICK HERE to download the schedule

Monday, March 16th

Tuesday, March 17th

  • 8am-7pm: Drop Off for all Consignors. Refer to the Drop Off page for details.

Wednesday, March 18th

Qualified Presale Entry Only - See window to the right for details.

Thursday, March 19th

  • 9am-8pm: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ~ $3 Admission   Children and strollers welcomed. 

Friday, March 20th

  • 9am-8pm: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ~  No admission
  • 8pm-9pm:  2nd Chance Drop Off.  Consignors are welcomed to drop off toys, strollers, furniture, baby gear and anything else that does not require inspection - no clothing or shoes, please!

Saturday, March 21st

  • 8am-5pm: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ~ No admission

        50% Presale - Pass Required

  • 6pm-9pm Team Members + 2 Friends
  • 6:30pm-9pm Consignors + 2 Friends

Sunday, March 22nd

  • 8am-3pm:  50% OFF Sale!  Many items an additional 1/2 off all day!

Monday, March 23rd

SALE CLOSED

  • 5:00pm-8:00pm: Consignor Pick Up of unsold items

 

 


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9 Things About Mothering an Almost Two Year Old

Well... here I am.  An emotional roller coaster trying to navigate my way to the end of the exit before I end up throwing up in a paper bag from nerves, sadness, stress...life, ya know.  Trying to keep a dry eye today is almost impossible.  ( MEGA Thanks to my dear friend Debbie for allowing me to get lost in my tears with you.  And my amazingly organized friend Darla came over yesterday and fueled my heart with good and bad emotions too.)

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Darla is working with the Just Between Friends Philly sale as an ambassador and she's been amazing in helping me clear the clothing clutter in my house.  I have 3 racks full of baby, toddler & kid clothes plus some crazy awesome tips that I'm sharing in the next week with you so be sure to be on the lookout for that.

So between getting emotional yesterday with Darla as I was reminded that my baby isn't a baby anymore as I cleaned out his adorable -too-small clothes yesterday, him turning two, my dad struggling with walking and spending a week in the hospital after he fell...then the ups/downs of traveling last week.  The cold.  The stress.  All of it can go fly a kite for all I care.  

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I'm not really sure whether the emotions I am feeling is totally because my 'baby' is about to turn 2 tomorrow. Or whether it's some other things that are going on in my life.  But then again, it wouldn't be life if it wasn't filled with ups and downs, right?  I just wish at this point I was feeling more ups than downs.  But I guess most moms feel this when they know that they are forever past their own baby stage, right?  Please tell me this is normal.  

I can tell you that right now, my boy and his birthday are the most important thing on my plate.

There is nothing going to get in my way of celebrating with that little love this time.  Last year, I missed this poor kids birthday.  He doesn't have a clue. But I do.  I was devastated that my flight from Kansas City got cancelled and I got home right when he needed to go to bed but we managed to throw in a cake, candles and a song.  Last year my Mother in Law was in town helping with the boys because I was traveling so much.  She did a great job at giving his special day merits of awesome.  She even baked him a cake. 

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Here I am, a year later and it's time for me to reflect on Hudson. 

There is so much guilt with this job.  Guilt is so hard to release and move on from, isn't it?

So, I'm going to bestow upon you some of the learning lessons I've picked up with this little monkey in his short years of life. 

Isn't he so freaking cute?  It kills me how cute he is.  Blonde hair & blue eyes. How could have God given me a more beautiful gift?  So let's get out more tissues for the day and lets reflect on motherhood to me.

9 Things About Mothering An Almost Two Year Old

1)  REPETITION.  OH, my dear child how I love you.  But you love to nail it home!!  haha.  For instance, when I'm trying to get dinner ready and you come in with your 'APPLESAUCE APPLESAUCE APPLESAUCE' chanting.  Hudson, please learn "JUST A MINUTE PLEASE" a little faster, k?  =)

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2)  YOUR LOVE OF GO-GO SQUEEZE. 'MORE APPLESAUCE MOMMY'  Dear Go-Go Squeez, this kid is obsessed.  That word is an understatement.  

3)  THE RUB A DUB THING THAT YOU DO.  Honestly, the most amazing and most special thing that I will never ever forget about this kid is what is going to be the hardest thing to see go!  I know it's going to hurt me more than it will you, kid. For sure.   Hudson loves to rub shoe strings, stuffed animal tails, blankets....anything funky and soft on his binky.  It's how he soothes himself.  Wow.  How am I going to survive that one?  Eh.  One foot in front of the other, right?

4)  THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR YOUR BIG BROTHER.   Oh dear Lord.  Here come the tears again.  Dangit.  Ok, so Hudson - and Boston.. maybe you'll both read this one day.  Maybe you'll both forever be the best of friends.  Boston just adores you, Hudson.  And Hudson thinks Boston hung the moon.  The sweet things they do.  They really are the best of friends.  (Tossed in with a glimpse of wrestling...boys will be boys though.)  There is definitely something special there between the two though.  I hope it lasts.  And there is a small part of me that is totally jealous of it because I hardly talk to my sisters.  We have had some big bumps and bruises in our lives and not the best relationships between us.  It's sad.  But I'm chalking it up to the fact that we are females.  Boys are just wired so differently.  

5)  YOUR TRAFFIC STOPPING GOOD LOOKS.   Yes, kid.  You're a freaking doll.  Every single room you walk into the girls giggle and the boys want to kick your butt.  =)  Ok, maybe not the last part - but females LOVE your blonde hair and blue eyes!  If only I had a camera rolling when your pediatrician told me that your eyes would stay blue.  I was over the moon!  I just couldn't believe it.  I still don't believe it.  Your daddy has deep dark Armenian eyes.  So does your brother.  I was convinced that there was nothing I could do produce a blue eyed kid.  Toss in the blonde hair bonus?  God is good.  And I guess he wanted to help me out since the first kid, I was always thought of as the 'baby sitter'. ha.   You're a hunk Hudson.  

6)  THE WAY YOU LOVE YOUR MAMA.  Kid, tears are a permanent stain on my face today.  What crinkles my lips to an upward grin is playing what I know would be your response to my tearful tirade.  You would grab ahold of me kid.  Pull me close to you.  Your eyes totally focused on me and trying to take away my pain.  Your sweet heart would touch my cheek and say 'mommy - mommy - mommy' with your repetitive personality and once we locked eyes?  You'd have a 1/2 smile and say 'HI.'  That two letter word is magic from you.

7)  YOUR 'FRIENDS'.  So, I started calling your stuffed animals 'friends' and you immediately caught onto it.  It's so cute. Because at night - you make sure you say 'goodnight friends' to all of them.  Right now your favorites are Mickey Mouse.  (The big one you use to rub his tail on your binky often.)  Also, last week when we went out to dinner you got a COW and you LOVE him as your friend!  They are your friends little buddy.  You can tell them all the stories in the world and they are the best of friends.  They will listen to your every words, Hudson.  They won't judge you or hurt your feelings.  They are always going to have an unconditional love for you little dude.  Just like your mama. 

8)  HOLD YOU, MAMA.  Ya know.  There was quite a few amazing things your big brother did that was sad to see go when he became a 2 year old.  The biggest one I miss the most is the one you picked up.  When you want me to pick you up?  You repeat 'HOLD YOU, MAMA' till I do.  And it hits my heart so deep that you only have to say it a couple times and I'm all over the words and the feelings you give me when you're in my arms. Oh buddy.  The thought that soon I won't be able to hold you makes me cry. 

WHY AM I SO STINKING EMOTIONAL????!?!?!  CAN I PLEASE JUST GET THROUGH THIS. 

DEEP. BREATHING.

9)  SHOES ON!  Hudson, you are so funny with this.  You're obsessed with putting your shoes on! You pick up a pair and walk around the house with that phrase on repeat. It's awesome, dude.

10)  THE WAY YOUR FACE LIGHTS UP WHEN I WALK INTO THE ROOM.  Oh Hudson.  Please don't ever stop doing this.  I could be having the worst day ever and I'll walk into your preschool and that fast moment where you see me and there is nothing I want more than to feel the rush of your grin, your grasp, your run to me... it's something special that words can't even describe.  

Hudson... today I grieve the 2 YEAR MARK.  I definitely don't grieve any loss of love... but I do grieve the loss of little.  The singing you to sleep.  The lullabies that I played for you every night nearly of your little life.  Holding you in my arms and rocking you to sleep stroking your cheek.  Kid, you bring me so much joy.  I can't even imagine my life with out you.  You fuel me to be a better version of myself.  One filled with more love and compassion for others.  One who fears the loss of your little. 

But today is the only day I'll grieve a bit.  Because yes... it's the natural state of life and the cycles we go through.  Knowing that we won't be wearing diapers forever or that you'll brush your teeth, speak in sentences, laugh at the silly boy fart jokes just like your brother.  

I'm not the most spiritual person in the world.  But I know that there is a reason why you were put into my life.  God has so much more life for me to live with you.  I can't wait to watch you grow up in the next two years, Hudson.  May you always love life the way you do today little boy. 


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